Conservation Officer Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked boating and angling activity during the week. Heavy rain and storms made both fishing and water recreation activities difficult. Murray assisted Duluth officers with an invasive species work detail.
CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area angling and boating activity this week. Schottenbauer assisted U.S. Forest Service workers in tree removal to access area lakes and campgrounds after severe weather.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked an aquatic invasive species check station on Highway 53. Many boats were inspected during the course of the detail. The constant thunderstorms during the week kept fishing success spotty and anglers at bay. AIS enforcement was also a priority during the week along the North Shore, Duluth-Superior Harbor and area lakes north of Duluth. Compliance with boat plugs and water transportation was good.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked an AIS detail on a busy holiday travel weekend that saw enforcement action for bilge plugs in place, transporting water and transporting aquatic invasive species. Instruction in watercraft operation was completed at the CO Academy and problem ATV areas were checked for activity.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) worked boating and angling activity during the week leading up to the July 4 holiday. Rain and storms dampened activities for most folks and brought mosquitos out en force.
CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports performing commercial inspections on Ely-area minnow dealers, retailers and taxidermists. A very high compliance rate was found at all the businesses inspected. Violations included a fish overlimit, camping at a public water access, and angling with an unattended line.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) assisted at Camp Ripley with boating scenario training for conservation officer candidates. Manning also worked an AIS check station and spent a day working Operation Dry Water, focusing on impaired boating operators. Manning also wrapped up a couple of ongoing cases and took care of equipment issues.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked a very busy week of angling, boating and AIS enforcement. An AIS check station was worked on Highway 53. A high violation rate was encountered on all activities throughout the week. Enforcement action was taken on the following violations: walleye overlimit, extra lines, fishing without licenses, illegal slot northern pike, expired watercraft registration, no navigation lights after sunset, illegal motorized equipment in the BWCA, cans/glass in the BWCA, insufficient PFDs, litter and AIS violations.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking anglers and ATV riders. He worked an AIS detail with several other officers north of Duluth. Enforcement action was taken for angling, watercraft safety and AIS violations.
Editor’s note: Some conservation officers don’t submit reports every week.